There is a movement afoot. I’m seeing it all around me. Let me outline some of the early outposts.
We put out the data-centric manifesto on datacentricmanifesto.org over two years ago now. I continue to be impressed with the depth of thought that the signers have put into their comments. When you read the signatory page (and I encourage you to do so now) I think you’ll be struck. A few just randomly selected give you the flavor:
This is the single most critical change that enterprise architects can advocate – it will dwarf the level of transformation seen from the creation of the Internet. – Susan Bright, Johnson & Johnson
Back in “the day” when I started my career we weren’t called IT, we were called Data Processing. The harsh reality is that the application isn’t the asset and never has been. What good is the application that your organization just spent north of 300K to license without the data? Time to get real, time to get back to basics. Time for a reboot! – Kevin Chandos
This seems a mundane item to most leaders, but if they knew its significance, they would ask why we are already not using a data-centric approach. I would perhaps even broaden the name to a knowledge-centric approach and leverage the modern knowledge management and representation technologies that we have and are currently emerging. But the principles stand either way. – David Chasteen, Enterprise Ecologist
Because I’ve encountered the decades of inertia and want to be an instrument of change and evolution. – Vince Marinelli, Medidata Solutions Worldwide
And I love this one for it’s simple frustration:
In my life I try to fight with silos – Enn Õunapuu, Tallinn University of Technology